Well, I'm confused. Another casting announcement has hit the headlines for Black Adam, the upcoming origin story of one of DC Comics' iconic baddies. What's got me is that actor Uli Latukefu is literally a copy and paste of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Literally. Look at his face and tell me there hasn't been some mad scientist shenanigans.
Lookalikes in Hollywood are pretty prolific and are possibly responsible for 30% of arguments started while watching movies, as viewers on one sofa adamant that's Amy Adams and viewers on the armchairs are dead cert it's Isla Fischer. Thank goodness for IMDB, that's all I'll say. Not that I need it - I'm oddly good at identifying who's who in a movie or TV show and I think that comes from playing a lot of The Sims as a child. Admittedly, I'm not flawless, and I thought that it was Margot Robbie who starred in the horror Ready Or Not for a while. Was wondering why there was a lot of hype over her performance and the fact she'd bagged a lead role in an American movie. That one is on me, I'll accept.
As a simultaneous sequel and spinoff to Shazam!, the Black Adam movie is at the early stages of production presently, so we've been getting a lot of behind-the-scenes information. It's in the works with New Line Cinema, Seven Bucks Productions, FlynnPictureCo., and of course, DC Films. The script has been penned by Adam Sztykiel, who worked on Scoob!, Due Date, and Made of Honor, and the director is Jaume Collet-Serra. Dwayne Johnson is playing Black Adam (or Teth-Adam), and the rest of the cast is looking swell. Noah Centineo will be Atom Smasher, Aldis Hodge will be Hawkman, Sarah Shahi will be Adrianna Tomaz, Quintessa Swindell will be Cyclone, and Pierce Brosnan will be Doctor Fate. James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer, and Marwan Kenzari are also on board, though their roles are unknown right now.
Now, Deadline has recently reported that Uli Latukefu has been cast as an undisclosed character, which is exciting enough. After graduating from National Institute of Dramatic Art, he played Father Matteo in the TV mini-series Devil's Playground. He's got credits on Netflix's Marco Polo, Alien: Covenant, Doctor Doctor, and will appear in Next Goal Wins, the next movie from Taika Waititi. But I cannot believe how much he looks like Dwayne Johnson. In fact, he looks so much like Johnson that he played a younger version of the guy in Young Rock, a sitcom inspired by Johnson's life. It's so weird. I'm reconsidering everything. I know I don't have a very unique face. For the Adams/Fischer and Latukefu/Johnson paradigms to exist, there must be a person out there who looks just like me. Reveal yourself, sorcerer.
Again, we don't know who Latukefu is playing, but I'd bet that he'll be a nephew or other relative of Black Adam's. We'll find out for sure when the movie releases on July 29, 2022.
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